Release Date: November 1, 2013
Catalog #: NV5935
Format: Digital & Physical
21st Century
Stage Works
Vocal Music

The Fair Ophelia

Joseph Summer composer

Kathryn Guthrie soprano; Miroslav Sekera piano
Kellie Van Horn mezzo-soprano; John McGinn piano
Justin Vickers tenor; Andrea Chenoweth soprano
Chad Sloan baritone; Desiree Maira mezzo-soprano

THE FAIR OPHELIA, the second installment on Navona Records’ The Shakespeare Concerts Series, features works by composer Joseph Summer that are inspired by Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark! With Shakespeare’s texts accompanied with music by Brahms, Strauss, Berlioz, Saint-Saëns, Schumann, and Joseph Summer, this album for vocal and chamber music consists of diverse settings that present the listener with an opportunity to hear Ophelia in a three dimensional perspective. Summer’s works have been described as “[varying] in mood and compositional technique from piece to piece, but always beautifully expressive and deeply emotional” (Shakespeare Matters).


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Artist Information

Joseph Summer


Joseph Summer began playing French horn at the age of 7. While attending the Eastern Music Festival in North Carolina at age 14 he studied composition with the eminent Czech composer Karel Husa. At age 15 he was accepted at Oberlin Conservatory, studied with Richard Hoffmann, Schönberg’s amanuensis, and graduated with a B.M. in Music Composition in 1976. Recruited by Robert Page, Dean of the Music Department at Carnegie Mellon University, Summer taught music theory at CMU before leaving to pursue composition full time.